Press: “Independents Day Approaches”

13th September 2010

Independents Day – the annual celebration of independent labels – is going on the road this year, taking in Glasgow and St Andrews, as its main events are taking place outside the accepted centre of the music ‘biz’ (i.e. that London).

In Glasgow, at Stereo on Thursday 16th September, Figure 5, Suspire, The Imagineers, Schnapps and Tragic O’Hara will perform, while there will also be a ‘record fair’ selling the best in Scottish independent music, including releases from Flowers in the Dustbin (Nevada Base), Neon Tetra (ISA & the Filthy Tongues), delicate (The Clyde) as well as Detour and EMUbands. Retailer Love music will also be present.

Three days later, on Sunday 19th Sept at St Andrews’ Barron Theatre, new Chemikal Underground signings Found appear alongside Kid Canaveral, Jo Mango, The Last Battle and The Oates Field all appear, while labels will be represented by Fence, Chemikal, Lo-Five, 17 Seconds and Straight to Video.

More at the AIM website


The Independents of Wales: Celebrating Independent Music Makers and Shakers

This Saturday (September 18) is Independents Day 2010 (ID:10), the third annual international celebration of everything that is great and loved about independent music, including the artists, the bands and the labels. Wales have been the first nation to start the party.

Last weekend, Welsh Music Foundation (WMF) invited the UK’s Association of Independent Music (AIM), who organise ID:10, to take part in a gathering of labels and self-releasing musicians from Wales in honour of the day. The session was part of a weekend of events at Wales Millennium Centre to mark ten years of WMF supporting the Welsh music sector.

A panel including BBC Radio One’s host and new music champion, Bethan Elfyn, Guto Brychan, Manager of Wales-based labels Gwymon & Copa, Pat Fulgoni of Chocolate Fireguard and Chris Mitchell of Manchester’s Debt Records offered hints and tips for releasing music without a major record deal and discussed regional music scene similarities and differences.

Wales is already home to a vibrant independent music sector. Business Man Records, Turnstile Music, Shape, See Monkey Do Monkey and Barely Regal are just a handful of the labels that are based in Cardiff.

John Rostron, co-founder of Swn Festival and WMF Board Member said, “Independence plays a big part in creating the vibrancy and diversity that makes the culture of music so broad, deep and exciting. It’s often the catalyst behind new genres and new scenes – pushing the musical envelope and offering audiences alternatives to the mainstream.

“I guess that’s why it works for us too – SWN is an independent promoter and festival, we promote many independent acts and labels, and we will always keep independence at the core of what we do.”

Neil Cocker, of Cardiff-based band-merchandise website added, “It’s important now more than ever for a strong culture of independent music in the UK to be supported and fostered.”

Quick Indie Fact – Mercury Awards

Independent record labels have received over 50% of the Mercury Prize nominations in the last 5 years and have delivered 7 Mercury Prize winners in the last 10 years!

Congratulations to XL label and their act The xx for winning the 2010 prize!!

Official Independents Day Party @ Metropolis

We are pleased to announce that ID10 partners metropolis will be hosting the official Independents Day party on Friday the 17th of September from 20:00!

We will celebrating in the award winning studio with an evening of merriment, fun and cheer (with some damn good music thrown in for good measure).

Contact for guestlist. Guestlist is limited so maximum 3 people per company.

Date: 17th September 2010, 8-11pm

Venue: Metropolis Studios, The Power House, 70 Chiswick High Road, W4 1SY

Metropolis partner with ID10 to celebrate the indies

Independent record studio, Metropolis, based in West London have partnered with Independents Day for 2010.

Metropolis is the most successful independent recording and production facility in Europe who are now in their 21st award winning year. Metropolis have a great range of services on offer at competitive prices. Clients include Adele, Babyshambles, Black kids, Jay-Z, John Legend, Placebo, Slipknot, Stereophonics, The Cure, The Kills, The White Stripes and The Who to name a few! Click the image to head to their homepage.

More exciting news coming shortly!

St Andrews to hold a mini-festival to celebrate Indepedents Day!

On the 19th of September, St Andrews’ only mini music venue The Barron Theatre on North Street will play host to a some of Scotlands most incredible talent including artists FOUND, Kid Canaveral, The Last Battle, Jo Mango and Iona Marshall.

The audience won’t only be treated to excellent live entertainment, but they will also have the opportunity to enjoy some delicious food from local Fife bakers, Fisher and Donaldson and they will be able to purchase some fantastic music from the record store which will take pride of place in the venue.

The event runs from 3pm till 10pm and is open to anyone. Tickets are available in advance from the venue during office hours. They are priced at £9 (or £6 for students with a valid student ID)

This is one event,  you do not want to miss

More info coming soon!

EmuBands, Partner for ID10 in Scotland

Here, we love anyone that helps independent artists to remain independent, gives them the ability to look after themselves and helps them make their art, their career. EmuBands, a digital distribution company based in Scotland, do just that and so much more. EmuBands are a rare example of a company who genuinely care about their clients and we love them for it.

Here is a wee bit of info about the company:

EmuBands allows independent record labels and unsigned bands and artists to sell their music through major online stores such as iTunes, Spotify, We7, eMusic, Napster and many, many more.

EmuBands are the digital distribution partners for Sky 1’s Must Be The Music TV show, and have to date been responsible for distributing thousands of musical works worldwide, ranging from established artists such as Paul Weller, Leona Lewis, Glasvegas and Twin Atlantic to smaller unsigned and unpublished acts.

With EmuBands, artists and labels keep 100% of their rights in a completely non-exclusive agreement and also receive 100% of all royalties generated from the sales of their release.

EmuBands also offer a range of complementary services such as video distribution, UK, US, Irish and Canadian Charts Registration, SMS purchase / pre-order service and a Sync service that can get your music used in TV, films, adverts and video games.

Sŵn Festival tips hat to the Independents

Sŵn Festival promotes and celebrates new music coming in and out of Wales. It means ‘Sound’ and is pronounced ‘soon’ and is co-founded by John Rostron and Huw Stephens.

Sŵn puts on gigs and events all year round, predominantly in Wales, from a base in Cardiff, as well as curating stages at other festivals – sometimes bringing a Welsh flavour to an event, sometimes introducing new UK and international bands and sometimes bringing music to a non-music event.

Sŵn have worked with events and organizations such as In The City, Camden Crawl, Stag & Dagger, Sounds From The Other City (Salford), HowTheLightGetsIn, Cardiff Admiral Big Weekend (and Cardiff Council), The Pierhead Sessions and FFresh (both via The Festivals Company), Artes Mundi (and the National Museum Cardiff) and Square Festival.

The next annual Festival takes place October 21-23 2010 in Cardiff city centre.

Noting the celebration of Independents Day, John Rostron said ‘Independence plays a big part in creating the vibrancy and diversity that makes the culture of music so broad, deep and exciting. It’s often the catalyst behind new genres and new scenes – pushing the musical envelope and offering audiences alternatives to the mainstream. I guess that’s why it works for us too – SWN is an independent promoter and festival, we promote many independent acts and labels, and we will always keep independence at the core of what we do.’

Ideas for Celebrating Independents Day

Lots of people get in touch with us, asking how they can get involved with Independents Day, so below, we’ve listed a few suggestions but feel free to ignore them all and celebrate in your own way!

Anything goes on Independents Day


  • If you have any gigs or events coming up, put them under the ID10 banner!
  • Do special edition pod-casts, newsletters, videos with your artists discussing why they are proud to be independent and who what incredible independent artists they were influenced by
  • Encourage fans of the independents to support their local independent record stores! (There aren’t enough left!)
  • For your podcast, make 6 Music and have an ALL INDIES –ALL DAY edition
  • Invite fans to nominate their favourite independent singles, then cover the favourite at an Independents Day gig!


  • Show your love for the Indies by linking to ID10 on your website
  • Mention your favourite labels, your favourite artists and your favourite music haunts
  • Create a playlist on and let us and your customers know about it! Perhaps encourage them to do the same


  • Get all your friends discussing Independents Day and the brilliant world of independent music
  • Make playlists to broadcast to world. We recommend Spotify and sharemyplaylists

Figure 5 – Heading Independents Day 2010 Glasgow

Figure 5 have been taking Scotland by storm for years and we’re over the moon that they will headlining Independents Day in Scotland

“One of the most exciting bands in Scotland should gain the recognition they deserve. With an adventurous new sound, Figure 5 continue to impress – they should be huge.” (Sunday Mail)

Have a listen to the band on Spotify, or on myspace here

Buy tickets for the show by clicking here

More info on the wonderful Figure 5 below

“With guitar riffs that will have surf axeman Dick Dale doing a double-take and the energy of an atomic bomb, Figure 5 are Glasgow’s best kept secret but not long.” (Daily Record)

A major influence on the Scottish music scene for the last five years, Glasgow based 5-piece Figure 5 bring their unique brand of lunch, skiffle-tinged, psychedelic pop together for the with their debbut album release, Bonfire. Having already secured mass critical acclaim and five-star reviews for singles from the album Rock of Gibralter and Never Belive, previous release Nitty Gritty was also nominated as one of Xfm’s Top 100 Tracks of the Year. Released on July 26th on 2 UP Records on CD and digital download, Bonfire is the long-awaited collection of songs that is set to let the rest of the country in on Scotland’s best kept secret.

Regular fixtures at T in the Park and Rockness, Figure 5 are widely regarded by fans and critics alike as one of the best live acts in Scotland. One such fan is none other than Roger Daltrey, who invited the band to perform at his prestigious Teenage Cancer Trusts benefit concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Watch the video for the band’s most recent recent single Never Believe that contains footage of the concert here:

Figure 5 release debut album Bonfire on July 26th on 2 Up Records.

This single from the album Barratt is released on August 29th